Mari Viita-aho is a PhD-student in museology. Her research focuses on the changing roles of museums in contemporary society. Her main questions are, what kind of societal roles are given to museums and how are they changing, and have changed, during the past decades. She studies these roles through three different perspectives: participatory turn in museums, museums as (national) identity builders and museums facing climate change within exhibitions. Viita-aho writes article based dissertation, which will be finished in near future.
Besides writing her thesis, she is working as a project planner in the Gallen-Kallela Museum. She is interested in different forms of museum and gallery education and on that basis she is also leading a group for people with intellectual disabilities familiarizing themselves with museums of Helsinki.